Man jailed for 22 months and disqualified for 25 years for dangerous driving offences

A man has been imprisoned for 22 months and disqualified for 25 years for dangerous driving offences.

24-year-old Kevin Dunleavy from Kerrykeel pleaded guilty to eight counts of dangerous driving July and August.

Judge Séamus Hughes in the district court remarked that Kevin Dunleavy had the “most auspicious number of previous convictions he had ever seen before him”.

And he called Dunleavy’s record “appalling” and he said it was lucky that he didn't kill a family in a car.

Garda Mark Gannon said he saw Dunleavy driving in Carrigart on July 1st. Gardaí pursued Dunleavy, who was travelling at 120 km/h.

Dunleavy took two turns on the wrong side of the road and failed to stop at a stop sign.

Gardaí pursued him across eight townlands before stopping because it was too dangerous.

On August 12th, gardaí came across the car again. Dunleavy took off, breaking the speed limit and taking bends on the wrong side of the road.

Dunleavy approached a Y-junction where he took a sharp handbrake turn, skidding on to the other side of the road.

Bail was fixed at €1,000. Judge Hughes said if he could have sentenced him to 10 years he would have.